A woman on TikTok has reviewed over 180 mascaras, and some of her favorites are under $5
TikTokuser Kelly Rose Sarno reviewed over 180 mascaras to find out which have the best formulas.
- Some of Sarno's favorites were the Benefit BADgal BANG! and Wet n Wild Mega Length mascaras.
She spoke to Insider about the process so far.
Sarno started her search for the best mascara because she wanted to branch out
@kellyrosesarno Here is my updated Top 15 Best and Worst! Is @benefitcosmetics Bad Gal Bang STILL #1?! #30mascaras ♬ original sound - Kelly Rose Sarno
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Sarno initially reviewed mascaras she found at Target and Ulta but later sought out products her TikTok followers recommended or the ones she saw other influencers using.
After trying many products, Sarno's holy-grail mascara is still Benefit BADgal BANG!
She also mentioned Wet n Wild's Mega Length mascara had a great formula, especially given its only $4. Her other drugstore picks included Maybelline The Colossal Curl Bounce mascara, $10, and e.l.f. Lash It Loud mascara, $6.
After trying high-end and drugstore mascaras, she also found that price didn't always serve as an indicator of the quality of a product.
"I've tried YSL and Dior and spent a lot of money on those brands and they just don't perform at all," Sarno told Insider. "It's wild that a $5 mascara can just blow a Dior mascara out of the water."
According to Sarno, one of her most surprising disappointments was the $14 florence by mills, which she described on her spreadsheet as the "worst mascara ever used." The Milk Makeup KUSH, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama, and Too Faced Damn Girl! mascaras, which range from $25 to $30, were also some of Sarno's least favorites.
"I like to have length and separation and I'm really picky about my brush and the formula," Sarno said.
She said silicone brushes gave her lashes the best separation, though she knows this type of wand doesn't work for all of her followers.
Along the way, Sarno has spent thousands on mascaras and learned a lot about what makes a great product
@kellyrosesarno TOP Mascaras from 30 in 30 days! #30mascaras @benefitcosmetics ♬ original sound - Kelly Rose Sarno
Although some mascaras have been sent to Sarno by brands, she said that she bought "more than 90%" of the products herself. She said she's fortunate she's been able to spend thousands of dollars on mascara so far.
Sarno also noted that not everyone who tries the same mascaras as her will have similar favorites.
"I'm not here to bash any brands," Sarno told Insider. "I'm simply here to say what works for me and what doesn't. People really love their mascara and they have strong opinions on it."
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